Newcastle United have arranged another pre-season friendly when they will travel to Scottish Premier League side Dundee United to help kick off their Centenary Season celebrations at Tannadice Park on Sunday, August 2 (kick-off 3pm).
The Dundee club are proudly celebrating 100 years since it was founded.
Inspired by the example of Hibernian in Edinburgh, the Irish Catholic community in Dundee formed the football club in 1909, following the demise of Dundee Harp.
Originally called Dundee Hibernian, after the Edinburgh team, the club took over Clepington Park (renamed Tannadice Park) from Dundee Wanderers, and played their inaugural game on 18th August, 1909 against Hibernian, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw.
The following year, the club was voted into the Scottish Football League.
The club was saved from going out of business in October 1923 by a group of Dundee businessmen who then decided to change the club’s name to Dundee United in order to attract wider appeal. It turns out the name Dundee City was considered first, but when that was protested by long standing city rivals Dundee FC, they decided to use Dundee United instead.
This game will be the 4th pre-season friendly arranged by the club after already confirming pre-season games at Darlington (July 18) and Huddersfield (July 21), as well as a home friendly against Leeds United (July 29).
The Centenary pre-season game will not be the first time Newcastle have played Dundee United, with the first being when Joe Harvey’s Newcastle side began the defence of their Fairs Cup crown at Tannadice in September, 1969, and we played again in the Texaco Cup in the 1973/74 season.
It should be a good game for both sides, in preparing them for the season ahead. News this morning that Newcastle may also play two games in Ireland before mid July, so that’s 6 pre-season games so we should be ready for the opener at WBA on August 8th.
The Tannadice club are currently managed by former Scotland international Craig Levein since October, 2006, and enjoyed a good 5th-placed finish in the SPL last season. They finished on 52 points and tied with 4th placed Aberdeen, and they will be looking to improve on that next season.
Newcastle will be looking to improve on last season too, and our hope is that we can claw ourselves back to the Premier League, but w’ell all have to wait and see on that one, after the disasters we went through in the last campaign.
Appointing a manager soon would help of course.
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